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Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-30-10)
Angered by their commander's behaviour the firemen from a station in the eastern city of Augustow went over his head and made a plea to regional command to have him removed.
In a letter to regional headquarters the firemen at the station listed 27 allegations of abuse of power, which also included the commander using emergency phones to order food, and permitting friends to stay at the fire station bed room....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-29-10)
Alexander Hardcastle spent a decade searching for the fabled theatre, which is said to be buried beneath the remains of Akragas, a city established by Greek colonists six centuries before Christ on the southern coast of Sicily.
The World Heritage site is best known for the Valley of the Temples, a cluster of five Doric temples which draws tens of thousands of tourists each year.
Hardcastle, a former soldier who had served with the Royal Engineers in the Boer War, believed that remains of the stone-built theatre had survived, despite Akragas being shaken by earthquakes, sacked by the Carthaginians and plundered for its stone....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-29-10)
A majestic but forgotten Roman city overlooking the Mediterranean in North Africa? It sounded too good to be true when I first read about Leptis Magna in an article by Geoff Dyer in Prospect magazine 10 years ago. He had been haunted by it after seeing a background of columns by the sea on an old photo and the name acted on him like a summons.
Unfortunately it was in Libya, not the easiest country to visit then, so it took him some trouble to obey the call. But it was worth the effort. His article was about the mysterious pleasure of gazing at a Classical site that had not been seen by thousands of other eyes, implying that the soul is sucked out of a place by too much exposure to visitors, historic or modern. It also implied that Libya was a necessary evil en route to this magical spot.
I longed to see Leptis Magna for myself before its inevitable discovery by the rest of the world....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-26-10)
Stalin's role in Russia's history will be addressed in January when Mr Medvedev meets with his new human rights envoy Mikhail Fedotov and rights activists, the Vedomosti business paper said.
The campaign will be based on declassifying all secret Soviet archives and the millions of case files that the secret services had compiled on regular civilians, the report said....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-23-10)
Tests found that the DNA of some villagers in Liqian, on the fringes of the Gobi Desert in north-western China, was 56 per cent Caucasian in origin.
Many of the villagers have blue or green eyes, long noses and even fair hair, prompting speculation that they have European blood.
A local man, Cai Junnian, is nicknamed by his friends and relatives Cai Luoma, or Cai the Roman, and is one of many villagers convinced that he is descended from the lost legion....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (11-25-10)
The decision follows the publication of a book which reveals the ministry played a more active role in the Holocaust than previously thought.
"The intention is to only include the portraits of diplomats sent abroad since the Foreign Office was re-established in 1951 – as is the case already at the Foreign Office headquarters," the spokesman said....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (11-26-10)
Snezana Malovic told the Associated Press that Serbia sent its formal request for the extradition of Peter Egner earlier Friday.
Belgrade has worked closely with the U.S. on the case of 88-year-old Egner, who was born in Yugoslavia, but emigrated to the U.S. in 1960, gaining American citizenship six years later....
SOURCE: WaPo (11-29-10)
"American exceptionalism" is a phrase that, until recently, was rarely heard outside the confines of think tanks, opinion journals and university history departments.
But with Republicans and tea party activists accusing President Obama and the Democrats of turning the country toward socialism, the idea that the United States is inherently superior to the world's other nations has become the battle cry from a new front in the ongoing culture wars. Lately, it seems to be on the lips of just about every Republican who is giving any thought to running for president in 2012.
"This reorientation away from a celebration of American exceptionalism is misguided and bankrupt," former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney writes in his campaign setup book, "No Apology: The Case For American Greatness."...
Some, however, wonder whether Obama's conservative critics are sounding an alarm about the United States' place in the world - or making an insidious suggestion about the president himself.
With a more intellectual sheen than the false assertions that Obama is secretly a Muslim or that he was born in Kenya, an argument over American exceptionalism "is a respectable way of raising the question of whether Obama is one of us," said William Galston, a former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton who is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Much of this criticism harkens back to a single comment that Obama made at a news conference a year and a half ago in Strasbourg, France, during his first trip overseas as president....
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (11-29-10)
A relaxed Bush was joined by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on stage in Palo Alto, California, with hundreds watching from the audience and up to 6,500 following the interview live online.
The hourlong discussion centered on Bush's memoir, "Decision Points." Released just over two weeks ago, the book ranks atop the New York Times' hardcover nonfiction best-seller list, topping works by the likes of rapper Jay-Z, rocker Keith Richards and the late Mark Twain....
SOURCE: CNN (11-26-10)
As workers were renovating part of Stockholm's Grand Hotel, not far from the royal palace, a worker found something interesting – the discovery turned out to be excavated parts of a ship.
So archaeologists from the Maritime Museum came in to check things out – and it turns out they had quite an interesting find.
According to Sweden's The Local, the planks found outside the hotel were not held together in the traditional way - being nailed down – but instead were sewn together with ropes.
That technique, according to The Local, was not the norm, which has made the discovery even more fascinating....
SOURCE: CNN (11-29-10)
But in a strange twist, 71-year-old Pierre Le Guennec finds himself slapped with a lawsuit filed by the artist's son, Claude Picasso, and five other heirs who say the works are stolen.
The lawsuit was first reported Monday by the French newspaper Liberation.
The works -- a collection of cubist collages, drawings, lithographs, notebooks and a watercolor -- were revealed in January when Le Guennec contacted the Picasso estate by mail to request certification of authenticity. Along with the letter, Le Guennec included 26 photographs of previously unpublished Picasso pieces....
Name of source: Daily Mail
SOURCE: Daily Mail (11-29-10)
But the conventional wisdom relating to Christopher Columbus is under threat after academics concluded the explorer was actually a Polish immigrant.
An international team of distinguished professors have completed 20 years of painstaking research into his beginnings.
The fresh evidence about Columbus’ background is revealed in a new book by Manuel Rosa, an academic at Duke University in the United States.
He says the voyager was not from a family of humble Italian craftsmen as previously thought - but the son of Vladislav III, an exiled King of Poland....
Name of source: The Atlantic
SOURCE: The Atlantic (11-29-10)
It's a bad day to be Abdullah Atalar, an engineering professor at Turkey's Bilkent University. That's because Atalar was born on April 11, 1954, which a Cambridge computer scientist has determined to be"the most boring day in history."...
The most boring day in history, apparently, or at least of the past 110 years, was April 11, 1954. The Telegraph notes that"on that day a general election was held in Belgium, a Turkish academic was born"--that would be Professor Atalar--"and an Oldham Athletic footballer called Jack Shufflebotham died. Apart from that nothing much happened."...
Name of source: UPI
SOURCE: UPI (11-29-10)
A review committee established by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act made the decision on the 20th anniversary of the passage of the act, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
The act created a federal law under which Native peoples can claim human remains and cultural objects held by museums and federally funded agencies....
Name of source: CBC News
SOURCE: CBC News (11-10-10)
Cars whiz by on busy King Street in the former town of Stoney Creek, now a suburb of Hamilton, Ont.
But almost 200 years ago, this was the site of one of the most significant victories in the War of 1812, which pitted American invaders against British soldiers.
About 3,500 American troops marched over the border into what was then Upper Canada on June 5, 1813. They took over a homestead and set up headquarters in Gage House, taking the family prisoners....
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-29-10)
The actress -- who recently cut short the film's shoot after rumors that it portrayed a relationship between a rapist and his victim sparked protests -- was called "ignorant" on Monday by a group of women who were victims of sexual violence during the 1990s war, the AFP reported.
In a letter to the United Nations refugee agency, for which Jolie is a goodwill ambassador, the Women Victims of War said its members are "deeply concerned about the movie."...
SOURCE: Yahoo News (11-29-10)
The federal Bureau of Land Management and supporters of Red Rock Canyon say spray paint covers pictographs drawn by ancient inhabitants and petroglyphs scraped long ago into rocks at the scenic preserve about 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip....
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (11-30-10)
The exhibition also includes a never before seen portrait of the author alongside belongings and literary work from her family - one of Britain's most renowned literary dynasties.
The showcase, brought together for the first time from the Bodleian Libraries and the New York Public Library, includes work by Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and her parents William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft.
On display is previously unseen memorabilia, manuscripts, rare books and personal relics from the family archive, now based at the Bodleian in Oxford....
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (11-25-10)
Klass Carel Faber was already sentenced once to life imprisonment for war crimes but escaped over the border into Germany in 1952 where he has remained ever since.
His wartime service for the S.S. gave him German citizienship.
The warrant is seen as the first step in beginning extradition proceedings against Faber, who lives in Bavaria.
But Dutch justice authorities are not hopeful; Germany has a shameful record when it comes to extraditing its own citizens, especially those suspected of Nazi crimes....
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (11-29-10)
Private Harry Potter was serving overseas when he died in Israel in 1939 during an uprising.
His grave had gone unnoticed in the British Military Cemetery in the town of Ramla for more than half a century.
But now the headstone has become an unlikely tourist attraction because of J K Rowling's much-loved books and movies....
Name of source: National Parks Traveler
SOURCE: National Parks Traveler (11-30-10)
The sesquicentennial of the 1861-1865 Civil War will be commemorated with hundreds of special events and ceremonies, major and minor, throughout America. Few places will be taking the sesquicentennial more seriously than the historic town of Gettysburg, site of the war's biggest, bloodiest, and arguably most important battle. During three days in early July 1863, Union and Confederate armies totaling more than 160,000 men clashed in a titanic struggle that resulted in at least 46,000 casualties and a Union Victory that many consider the turning point of the war....
Name of source: Bloomberg News
SOURCE: Bloomberg News (11-30-10)
The trial, which started Nov. 30, 2009, under maximum security in courtroom A 101, has stopped drawing overflow crowds and continues with three hearings a week, limited to three hours a day because of Demjanjuk’s health. After hearing from most witnesses in the case, the court is reviewing documents and repeated defense motions.
Demjanjuk, a former U.S. citizen who spent seven years in Israeli custody before being acquitted on charges he was a guard at the Treblinka extermination camp, was deported from the U.S. in May 2009. He was charged in Germany with being a guard aiding in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in 1943 in then German-occupied Poland....
Name of source: Tennessean
SOURCE: Tennessean (11-30-10)
This was the second time Franklin's Charge in conjunction with the Tennessee Historical Commission had applied for the grant.
"We had 407 letters of support from citizens," said Julie Oaks, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. "That tends to make a difference."
TDOT managed the process for the enhancement grant, which will be used to help expand a small park on part of a Civil War battleground where a strip-mall and Domino's pizza restaurant currently exist....
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (11-29-10)
"We found her skeleton," says Alvik, a marine archaeologist and curator with Finland's National Board of Antiquities.
"She never got out. Think of the panic she felt as the cabin filled with icy water -- it was November, after all."
November 1747, that is....
SOURCE: AFP (11-25-10)
"I prayed for my grandson Barack to convert to Islam," said Sarah Omar, 88, in an interview with Al-Watan Saudi daily held in Jeddah after she had performed hajj.
The paper said that Omar was in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimage along with her son, Obama's uncle Saeed Hussein Obama, and four of her grandchildren....
Name of source: East Anglian Daily Times (UK)
SOURCE: East Anglian Daily Times (UK) (11-23-10)
Like the original ship burial, this remarkable find has laid unseen and forgotten for a long time. Tucked away in a dusty storeroom were a couple of fairly nondescript cardboard boxes.
Inside these unprepossessing packages were a photographic treasure trove which sheds new light on the discovery and the excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial.
Inside the boxes were more than 400 photographs taken during the summer of 1939 by two visiting school teachers Barbara Wagstaff and Mercie Lack.
It is believed that they had contacts with The British Museum which is why they were given access to the site but very little is known about them....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (11-29-10)
ATLANTA — The Civil War, the most wrenching and bloody episode in American history, may not seem like much of a cause for celebration, especially in the South.
And yet, as the 150th anniversary of the four-year conflict gets under way, some groups in the old Confederacy are planning at least a certain amount of hoopla, chiefly around the glory days of secession, when 11 states declared their sovereignty under a banner of states’ rights and broke from the union....
Jeff Antley, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Confederate Heritage Trust, is organizing the secession ball in Charleston and a 10-day re-enactment of the Confederate encampment at Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the war were fired on April 12, 1861. He said these events were not about modern politics but were meant to honor those South Carolinians who signed the state’s ordinance of secession on Dec. 20, 1860, when it became the first state to dissolve its union with the United States....
Mr. Antley said he was not defending slavery, which he called an abomination. “But defending the South’s right to secede, the soldiers’ right to defend their homes and the right to self-government doesn’t mean your arguments are without weight because of slavery,” he said.
Most historians say it is impossible to carve out slavery from the context of the war. As James W. Loewen, a liberal sociologist and author of “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” put it: “The North did not go to war to end slavery, it went to war to hold the country together and only gradually did it become anti-slavery — but slavery is why the South seceded.”
In its secession papers, Mississippi, for example, called slavery “the greatest material interest of the world” and said that attempts to stop it would undermine “commerce and civilization.”...
Editor's Note: Ta-Neishi Coates at The Atlantic wrote that "It really annoys me that Times used someone who they felt they had to ID as a"liberal sociologist" to counter Antley.
James Loewen noted in an email that the Times article did not mention that he is one of the editors of The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader.
SOURCE: NYT (11-29-10)
Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, 71, had once supported the plan to transfer the base to a less populated part of Okinawa, but he reversed himself after strong opposition by residents.
While his position was less strident than that of his main opponent, who called for the base to be removed from Japan altogether, Mr. Nakaima’s re-election still presents an obstacle to the Japanese-American agreement: any relocation of the base in Okinawa will require Mr. Nakaima’s approval....
After years of backing food aid and other help for the North despite a series of provocations that included two nuclear tests, many South Koreans now say they feel betrayed and angry.
“I think we should respond strongly toward North Korea for once instead of being dragged by them,” said Cho Jong-gu, 44, a salesman in Seoul. “This time, it wasn’t just the soldiers. The North mercilessly hurt the civilians.”
That is not to say that he or other South Koreans will really push for a South Korean strike; people south of the border are well aware that the North could devastate Seoul with its weapons.
But the sentiments reflect a change of mood in a country where people have willed themselves to believe that their brotherly ties to the North would override the ideological chasm between the impoverished Communist North and the thriving capitalist South....
In 2008, two years before he announced his retirement, Justice Stevens reversed course and in a concurrence said that he now believed the death penalty to be unconstitutional.
But the reason for that change of heart, after more than three decades on the court and some 1,100 executions, has in many ways remained a mystery, and now Justice Stevens has provided an explanation....
Perhaps the most successful government effort to regulate what and how much Americans consume — the food rationing programs of World War II — recognized this political-cultural-emotional scheme. Needing a number of foods, meat in particular, for the boys overseas, the government realized that it could successfully spread its message of “eat differently” only if it fought on two fronts: the nutritional and the psychological. And so it pursued a two-pronged campaign, with the Food and Nutrition Board handling the nutrition, and the psychology tasked to the Committee on Food Habits, led by the anthropologist Margaret Mead and charged by the National Research Council with “mobilizing anthropological and psychological insights as they bear upon the whole problem of changing food habits in order to raise the nutritional status of the people of the United States.” Eating the way the government wanted you to eat — healthfully and with a mind to greater public welfare — was a way of displaying patriotism, adding to the war effort.
After the war, however, the work of the Committee on Food Habits was discontinued. But the government kept disseminating nutritional advice, with the departments of agriculture and health and human services issuing nutritional guidelines that, in recent decades, have been revised every five years to reflect new and evolving scientific developments. There has, however, been no concerted parallel attempt to create more pointed and sophisticated approaches to changing how Americans think and feel about food. So we ended up with a wealth of knowledge about best nutritional practices but no cultural change to back it up....
Name of source: Science Daily
SOURCE: Science Daily (11-29-10)
Researchers are largely agreed on Queen Arsinoë II's importance from the day that she was deified. She was put on a level with the ancient goddesses Isis and Hathor, and was still respected and honoured 200 years after her death when her better-known descendant Cleopatra wore the same crown. But the reasons behind Arsinoë's huge influence have been interpreted in many different ways.
Maria Nilsson has studied her historical importance by interpreting her personal crown and its ancient symbols. The crown, which has never been found but is depicted on statues and Egyptian reliefs, was created with the help of the powerful Egyptian priesthood to symbolise the qualities of the queen. The thesis questions the traditional royal line which excludes female regents, and defies some researchers' attempts to minimise Arsinoë's importance while she was still alive....
Name of source: The Vancouver Sun
SOURCE: The Vancouver Sun (11-26-10)
But as U.S. history buffs lined up for a look at the patriotic relic this week during Christie's pre-sale exhibition, Canadian archeologists were planning their next Arctic Ocean search for one of the very War of 1812 ships — the last in existence — responsible for the "rockets' red glare" and "bombs bursting in air" that helped inspire American poet Francis Scott Key to write his country's national anthem after witnessing the bombing of Baltimore in September 1814.
The surprising link between the Star-Spangled Banner and the lost Franklin Expedition vessel HMS Terror — believed to lie off the coast of King William Island in the Canadian Arctic — adds another layer to the rich history of the ship and helps explain Canada's three-year quest to find it, says the Parks Canada archeologist leading the hunt for the fabled shipwreck.
The resting places of the Terror and its consort vessel the HMS Erebus — both lost during British explorer John Franklin's ill-fated voyage of discovery to Northern Canada in the late 1840s — have already been declared a National Historic Site, even though their precise locations remain unknown....
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (11-26-10)
Trial trenches have been dug in a field on the outskirts of South Queensferry on land reserved for the planned Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC).
Archaeologists plan further excavations to confirm what they believe is an early version of a croft or small farm.
The discovery is not expected to affect construction of the new crossing....
SOURCE: BBC (11-29-10)
German authorities had hoped the family of Sgt Frederick Wall would attend a memorial at the site in Germany where the 29-year-old was shot down in 1945.
His cousin, Alice Perkins, who is 96 and lives in Sutton, was found after the service but said she was "touched" to hear he had been honoured.
Seven members of Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit 514 Squadron were killed....
SOURCE: BBC (11-26-10)
The wealthy entrepreneur from Pennsylvania had been granted the concession by the Brazilian government to build a railway to help transport rubber from Brazil and landlocked Bolivia to the outside world.
It would be the third attempt to lay rail tracks in this part of the Amazon rainforest, where treacherous rapids made sections of the Madeira and Mamore Rivers unnavigable.
Recent years have seen some moves towards restoring parts of the railway.
In 2005, it was listed by Brazil's National Institute of Artistic and Historical Heritage (IPHAN).
Recent years have seen some moves towards restoring parts of the railway.
In 2005, it was listed by Brazil's National Institute of Artistic and Historical Heritage (IPHAN)....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (11-28-10)
Many scientists believe a dramatic shift in climate drove these giant grazers to extinction.
But two scientists who live year-round in the frigid Siberian plains say that man _either for food, fuel or fun — hunted the animals to extinction....
SOURCE: AP (11-29-10)
Lithuanian deputy Defense Minister Vytautas Umbrasas said Napoleon's troops were finally "buried properly" at a solemn ceremony in Vilnius also attended by French Ambassador Francois Laumonier.
The remains of the soldiers were discovered last year by road builders outside the Lithuanian capital. Experts said the soldiers were members of the infantry, hussar and dragoon units that retreated from Russia in one of history's most catastrophic military campaigns.....
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (11-29-10)
Stamped with the names of Sir Walter Raleigh and other eminent men back in England, the pipes may have been intended to impress investors—underscoring Jamestown's fundamentally commercial nature.
The personalized clay pipes, which archaeologists say were probably made between 1608 and 1610, also provide new insights into Jamestown's early pipemaking industry.
The settlers' lives depended on pleasing the investors of the Virginia Company, which bankrolled and supplied struggling Jamestown. It may not be surprising, then, that among the eight names that can be seen on, or inferred from, the fragments are those of several Jamestown investors.
The colonists, Kelso said, may have been trying to both demonstrate their profitmaking ability and butter up company leaders and other prominent Englishmen....
Name of source: Sydney Morning Herald
SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald (11-28-10)
The photographs, along with negatives, were taken by the Nazi leader's personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann during the party's rise to power in the early 1930s.
Believed to have been passed on by the photographer himself, they will go under the hammer at a sale in January.
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Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert, of J.P.Humbert Auctioneers, said the photos were a previously unseen view of Hitler during his rise to power.
"We've got somewhere around 800 negatives and maybe 600 stills, some from these negatives and other stills that don't have a negative that they were developed from," Humbert said....
Name of source: Tennessean.com
SOURCE: Tennessean.com (11-24-10)
The one-acre site on the corner of Columbia and Cleburne streets is near a former cotton gin and the Carter House. Historians describe it as the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin where Union and Confederate forces met Nov. 30, 1864....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (11-24-10)
In 1917, Albert Einstein inserted a term called the cosmological constant into his theory of general relativity to force the equations to predict a stationary universe in keeping with physicists' thinking at the time. When it became clear that the universe wasn't actually static, but was expanding instead, Einstein abandoned the constant, calling it the '"biggest blunder" of his life.
But lately scientists have revived Einstein's cosmological constant (denoted by the Greek capital letter lambda) to explain a mysterious force called dark energy that seems to be counteracting gravity — causing the universe to expand at an accelerating pace.
A new study confirms that the cosmological constant is the best fit for dark energy, and offers the most precise and accurate estimate yet of its value, researchers said. The finding comes from a measurement of the universe's geometry that suggests our universe is flat, rather than spherical or curved....
SOURCE: Fox News (11-28-10)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he has the votes to block Justice Department moves to get civilian trials for the alleged Sept. 11 conspirators and a better place for the Sept. 11 leadership is in a military court at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
"I think it is a big mistake to criminalize the war, to take someone you've held under the law of war as an enemy combatant for six or seven years, then put them in civilian court. It is a disaster waiting to happen," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "was ready to plead guilty before the Obama administration stopped the trial. We should have him in a military commission trial beginning Monday and get this case behind us," he added.
Graham said he thinks civilian courts may be the right venue for some terrorism cases, such as low-level Al Qaeda operatives and the accused Christmas airliner bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, calling it an "all-of-the-above approach to terrorism trials."...
SOURCE: Fox News (11-25-10)
Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old black boy, was bludgeoned to death for "sassing" a white woman and his body dumped in the Tallahatchie River in 1955. Mississippi NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers was gunned down outside his home by white sniper in 1963. And three young voter registration activists were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan during the Freedom Summer of 1964.
Such events forced the nation's eyes on the upheaval in the segregated South, and were pivotal in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965....
Name of source: The Sun (UK)
SOURCE: The Sun (UK) (11-5-10)
Then you notice the weird, parchment-like fabric stretched over eight panels, so thin it is almost translucent.
On closer inspection the yellowy material is marked with strange pores, filaments and patterns which look disturbingly like one thing only - HUMAN SKIN....
The lamp's owner Mark Jacobson said: "It weighs about a pound. But the more time you spend with it the more it begins to weigh heavy on your mind. It really does look strange....
There have been many fakes over the years but no proven examples of a real Nazi lamp made from the skin of Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during the Second World War.
However, one crucial early scientific test set this lamp apart.
When Mark, an American, sent a small piece away for DNA testing at Bode Technology near Washington DC it came back as "100 per cent human"....
Name of source: Politico
SOURCE: Politico (11-28-10)
After suffering a historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House was defeated and Republicans took over or gained seats in legislatures across the region — the party’s ranks in Dixie have thinned even further.
In Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama, Democratic state legislators have become Republicans, concluding that there is no future in the party that once dominated the so-called Solid South.
That the old Confederacy is shifting toward the GOP is, of course, nothing new. Southerners have been voting for Republican presidents, senators and governors for decades.
But what this year’s elections, and the subsequent party switching, have made unambiguously clear is that the last ramparts have fallen and political realignment has finally taken hold in one of the South’s last citadels of Democratic strength: the statehouses.
Protected by a potent mix of gerrymandering, pork, seniority and a friends-and-neighbors electorate, Democratic state representatives and senators managed to survive through the South’s GOP evolution — the Reagan years, the Republican landslide of 1994 and George W. Bush’s two terms. Yet scores of them retired or went down in defeat earlier this month. And at least 10 more across three states have changed parties since the elections, with rumors swirling through state capitols of more to come before legislative sessions commence in January. Facing the prospect of losing their seats through reapportionment — if not in the next election — others will surely choose flight over fight....
Name of source: BBC News
SOURCE: BBC News (11-29-10)
The treasure trove of 271 pieces includes lithographs, cubist paintings, notebooks and a watercolour and is said to be worth about 60m euros (£50.6m).
Pierre Le Guennec, 71, reportedly says Picasso gave him the works as gifts.
But the estate's administrators have filed a case for alleged illegal receipt of the works of art.
According to French newspaper Liberation, the lost Picassos include a watercolour from his Blue Period. Experts say the nine cubist works in Mr Le Guennec's possession are worth 40m euros alone.
The electrician installed burglar alarm systems at Picasso's numerous houses in France, including his villa in Cannes, during the three years before the artist died in 1973....
Name of source: The Irrawaddy (SE Asia)
SOURCE: The Irrawaddy (SE Asia) (11-26-10)
"Although we have called for an end to this project, they haven't complied,” a Mrauk U resident told The Irrawaddy. He said damage to some pagodas has been covered over with earth. The railroad construction started on Nov. 7.
The construction project has resulted in damage or destruction of ancient pagodas, stupas, walls, strongholds, religious libraries, moats, and city walls, said local sources.
"Their biggest concern is people who might take pictures or videos of this destruction," said one observer.
Local influential residents, monks and members of the public have submitted a formal request to local authorities to stop the construction, but the project has continued unabated, sources said.
On Tuesday, a letter was sent to the cultural minister with a copy to Snr-Gen Than Shwe and regional authorities, said a local monk....
Name of source: MonsterCritic
SOURCE: MonsterCritic (11-22-10)
The number of names known to the centre has doubled in the last ten years, from two million to four million, Archives Director Haim Gertner told journalists.
'The digitilisation process helped very much,' he said....
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (11-26-10)
Ten years ago, Agnar Helgason, a scientist at Iceland's deCODE Genetics, began investigating the origin of the Icelandic population. Most of the people he tested carried genetic links to either Scandinavians or people from the British Isles. But a small group of Icelanders — roughly 350 in total — carried a lineage known as C1, usually seen only in Asians and Native Americans. "We figured it was a recent arrival from Asia," says Helgason. "But we discovered a much deeper story than we expected."...